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Wine Review: 2006 Castillo de Sajazarra Digna Rioja Spain

This Tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain comes from the Bodegas best estates—Fuentenegra and Galdara. It is made only in exceptional years and is of modern style with attractive notes of red berries, piney green and menthol intermingled with spice. Ripe and rich, it seems to be in its prime window of drinking right […]

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A Few Great Wines from La Rioja

Vina Izadi may not be a household name, but when it comes to quality, they showcase some of the best wines from the Rioja Alavesa region in Spain. Their journey started in the viticulture business by Gonzalo Antón who gathered a group of friends and companies to establish Bodegas Izadi in the heart of Rioja Alavesa […]

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Wine Review: 2007 La Verdosa Méntrida Arrayán Premium Castilla-La Mancha Spain Red Blend

This Spanish wine will take you by surprise. On first pour, the deep color might lead you to Garnacha, but the flavors do not match up to the traditional ripe red fruit flavors. Could it be a Tempranillo? Nah, the color is too dark and it has no red fruit or strawberry flavor to it. […]

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2010 Bodegas Campo Viejo Rioja Logrono Tempranillo

This is a very good representation of Tempranillo from the city of Logrono in Rioja especially to be only two years old. I would buy as much of this as you can if you like a full-bodied red wine without too much tannin. Look for this label to be your go to wine while so […]

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NV Gran Pasión Cava Brut Reserva Spain

Textbook Cava, pleasant crisp and refreshing. There is the usual slight amount of residual sugar that will be appreciated if this wine is paired with spicy food. Texturally it is a joy to consume and the balance is just right. Citrusy with a bit of baked apple flavor the wine is a good example of […]

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2005 Bodega Finca Manzanares Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Spain Red Blend

A blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 33% Syrah, this wine will work in a lot of situations. I would probably take a look at this if I was a restaurant wine program director as a candidate for wine by the glass. In a retail environment, it comes from a great vintage and […]

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